Warriors begin Cosafa preps

HARARE – After being badly bruised and battered in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers last month, the Zimbabwe football team will be looking to redeem their lost glory in the Cosafa Cup.

The Warriors’ 20-man squad, entirely made up of local-based players, will troop into camp Monday before travelling to Zambia two days later by road where they will begin their quest on Saturday.

The Warriors will undertake a seven-hour journey to the Zambian capital Lusaka about 417 km, hoping to redeem themselves from the recent World Cup qualifiers nightmare.

Zimbabwe were hammered 4-2 by Egypt, who were inspired by FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah, at home at the National Sports Stadium before narrowly losing 1-0 to Guinea in Conakry a week later.

Zimbabwe, who are the defending champions after winning the last edition of the Cosafa Cup they hosted in 2009, will begin their title defence in the quarterfinal stage against the Flames of Malawi after getting a bye in the group stages.

The Warriors technical team led by Klaus-Dieter Pagels saw their selection restricted to at most two players per club to avoid disrupting the Castle Premiership programme.

Squad: Maxwell Nyamupangedengu, Tafadzwa Dube, Munyaradzi Diya, Felix Chindungwe, Ocean Mushure, Nicholas Guyo, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Prosper Matizanadzo,Eric Chipeta, Masimba Mambare, Ronald Chitiyo, Charles Sibanda, Silas Songani, Devon Chafa, Nicholas Alifandika, Tendai Ndoro, Simba Sithole, Last Chibwiro, Lot Chiwunga.

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